Any tool is of value and use in certain inner/outer situations, and of less use in other.
I find that many of the tools that were useful for me in the past, now often seem crude – they seem extra.
Counting the breath has been a useful tool. Now, it is often too noisy. It is extra.
Being with my experiences was a useful tool into letting go of resistance. Now, being with is too much of a separation. Why be with when I can be the experience.
Saying “yes” to Existence as it manifests here/now may be useful. But for me, it is extra. It is an effort that brings me away from just being the experiences here/now.